Labor Rocked in Little Rhody?

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On the heels of Missouri’s astounding beatdown of its right-to-work law earlier this month, organized labor faces a formidable challenge in Rhode Island’s public union-disaffiliation campaign, an offshoot of the SCOTUS ruling in June, citing First Amendment grounds, that non-union workers cannot be compelled to pay dues to the labor group organized at their workplace.  […]

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West Virginia Political Drama

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West Virginia is a small state – and since it’s my wife’s home state (and the late Matt Reese’s), I must speak respectfully – but the political drama unfolding with the impeachment of the entire state supreme court has the makings of a novel. The state’s last flirtation with tossing out an elected official dates […]

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Reflections on Yesterday’s Voting

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To Hawthorn Friends & Family –           To all the commentary flooding the airways and web this morning (and even the few newspapers that still exist), let me add but three points:           First, despite self-claims of providing the margin, it is NOT clear President Trump’s endorsement made a/the […]

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Electric Utilities in the Age of Amazon

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Electric Utilities in the Age of Amazon As the public utility sector has turned to The Hawthorn Group to help it navigate a rapidly evolving, highly creative, innovative consumer marketplace, public opinion research has helped identify a landscape Thomas Edison could never have imagined. Indeed, his simple invention hardly contemplated a market transformation from fossil […]

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Perspective on Senate Wild Card Races

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The Washington Post’sJennifer Rubin observes Democratic prospects for taking the Senate brightening, but it is still early in the game.  The Democrats are playing defense this cycle with so many more of their incumbents on the ballot and Trump won ten of those states.  As Hawthorn Group’s John Ashford observed recently in a speech to a […]

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Hawthorn Promotes Goodwin To Senior Research Role

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For immediate release July 11, 2018     HAWTHORN PROMOTES GOODWIN TO SENIOR RESEARCH ROLE ALEXANDRIA, Va.– The Hawthorn Group, L.C., a Washington, D.C. area public affairs firm, has promoted Liam Goodwin to Senior Research Associate. Goodwin joined Hawthorn in January 2018 from Capitol Hill where, in in the U.S. House of Representatives, he specialized […]

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“Gathering of the Elders (and not so Elders)”

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Three generations of political operatives gathered at The Hawthorn Group’s annual “Gathering of the Elders (and not so Elders)” dinner at Equinox in Washington, D.C. Thursday night. Veteran prognosticator Charlie Cook (“The Cook Report” and “National Journal”) shared his current assessment on the outcome of November races, an in-depth analysis of the Democratic “wave” and […]

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National Journal Political Briefing Takeaways

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Some great take-aways from National Journal’s political briefing today by the Charlie Cook team:   Wave election?  Dems are a motivated base but suburban toss-up seats are key battleground. Turnout Trends from 9 special elections this year suggest polarized electorate with Dem edge on the “enthusiasm quotient.” Driving issues:  low jobless rate and tax cut (through latter petering […]

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Hawthorn Insights – Crisis Preparedness

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Crisis Preparedness: Eight Lessons Learned Every situation and every client is unique, but there are some basic Crisis Management lessons we have learned over the years: Everything will become public. Staying under the radar is not an option. Issues move through organizations/communities/globe in an instant. The volatility of the political and economic environment has magnified [...]read more